Pop Singers and TV Dancing Stars are Taking Broadway by Storm

Opening night for The Wiz, starring Ashanti The Wiz, directed by Thomas Kail, alongside his In the Heights collaborators, Andy Blankenbuehler (choreographer) and Alex Lacamoire (musical director) opens tonight at City Center. The production stars Ashanti as Dorothy, Orlando Jones at The Wiz, LaChanze as Glinda, Tichina Arnold as Evillene, Dawnn Lewis as Addaperle, Joshua…

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Film to Broadway and Broadway to Film…

Broadway to the Silver Screen... The Tony Award wining musical, City of Angles, with music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by David Zippel and book by Larry Gelbart, is being adapted by the original librettist and lyricist for the silver screen. Barry Levingson (Wag the Dog, Rain Man, Bugsy) will direct and Marc Shaiman (Hairspray) will…

Shrek many not have won many Tonys, but it’s doing something right!

Last week, Shrek saw the biggest gain of any Broadway show, with gross up $182,798! Maybe you think (like many in the industry have) that theirs was one of the worst presentations at the Tony Awards (watch the video here), but with numbers like that, you have to give them due credit - they know…

Chess in Concert with Menzel, Groban & Pascal

A concert version of Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Tim Rice's cult musical Chess, featuring the talents of Wicked’s Idina Menzel, Rent’s Adam Pascal, and the internationally renowned vocalist Josh Groban will be broadcast on PBS on Wednesday, June 17 at 9 PM (ET) as a part of their Great Performances series. A DVD version…

Hair hippies ringing the NYSE closing bell?

At 4 pm today the cast and producers for the Tony winning best revival, Hair, will ring the closing bell at the NYSE. It will be simulcast on the Times Square billboard and online here. Something about the combination of hippies and stocks seems wrong. Next you'll tell me big oil is funding wind energy…

Operation: Mindcrime, the Musical

Eyeing Broadway... Adam Pascal of Rent fame is looking at pulling together a team of big hitters to help adapt the Queensrÿche album Operation: Mindcrime into a Broadway musical. "Throughout the years, I've envisioned how this can be turned into a real musical, a book musical," said Pascal. The concept album is not nearly as specific…